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The Western press comments on the Istanbul agreement on grain between Russia and Ukraine


On July 22, in Istanbul, the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, signed two very important agreements with representatives of Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations - on facilitating the supply of Russian food to the world market and on the export of Ukrainian grain. Naturally, this event, which UN Secretary General António Guterres called unprecedented in its significance, could not go unnoticed by the Western press.

Most of the responses from foreign publications and TV channels are positive. For example, The New York Times described the agreement as a big step towards solving the food problem that the world faced after the start of the special operation in Ukraine. The New York Times emphasizes that grain from Ukrainian ports will be distributed to buyers from all over the world, and food will be exported through safe mine-cleared corridors. They prefer not to talk about what will remain for Ukraine itself.

The Financial Times emphasizes that all ships that will go to Ukraine for grain will be checked by a commission of representatives of the UN, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey to prevent smuggling weapons to Ukraine. At the same time, the publication quotes analysts who doubt that this deal can be sustainable.

The Guardian also quotes the words of South African President S. Ramaphosa, who called on African countries to take care of creating their own fertilizers and vaccines against coronavirus, as well as providing themselves with food. At the same time, the publication reports that the supply of Ukrainian grain may begin today, July 23, and this will quickly solve the growing problems with food.

The Air Force emphasizes that the agreement will resolve the issue of food delivery through the Black Sea ports of Ukraine, since it was previously impossible to do this.

CNN also drew attention to the fact that, thanks to the agreement, Russian fertilizers will enter the world market. As you know, Russia is one of the world's largest producers of fertilizers, so the cessation of their supplies had a very negative impact on the state of agriculture in a number of countries around the world.

AFP reports, in turn, that Ukraine threatened Russia with a "military response" in case of any "provocations" on the deal. We are well aware that if anyone can commit provocations, it is Ukraine, at the instigation of the West. Therefore, one cannot exclude the possibility that Kyiv will soon try to disrupt the agreements, in order to then blame Russia for their failure and again expose it as the culprit of global food problems. Today, by the way, Ukraine has already demonstrated its pseudo-interest in the implementation of the deal, accusing Russia of attacking the port of Odessa. The fact that weapons supplied from abroad were stored at the port infrastructure facilities, which is known not only to Russia, but also to Turkey, Kyiv prefers to keep quiet.

Thus, analyzing the reaction of the Western media to the signed agreement, it is worth noting that, while welcoming its conclusion, some TV channels and newspapers doubt that the agreements will work for a long time. It must be admitted that these fears have grounds, since it is the West that is not interested in a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis today and is ready to take any steps in order to weaken Russia. Provocations in the supply of food, which may turn into a reverse supply of weapons for the Kyiv regime, in this case may well become a reality.

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  1. Sergio_7
    Sergio_7 23 July 2022 14: 32
    Here is what Konstantin Dvinsky says:
    Let's recap the terms of the grain deal:

    1. All restrictions on the export of food and fertilizers have been completely lifted from Russia

    2. Completely unlocked the transit of goods to Kaliningrad through Lithuania

    3. Ships going to Odessa for the export of grain will be inspected by Russia at the entrance and at the exit

    4. Turkey will take grain from Odessa with a 25% discount

    5. The Kyiv regime will need to export as much grain as possible in order to somehow balance the foreign trade balance. And, therefore, in the territory under his control there will be interruptions in food supplies and, possibly, famine.
    From myself I will add: I believe that this is a competent tactical move on our part. We will definitely take the Black Sea coast!
    1. Magellan
      Magellan 23 July 2022 15: 44
      OK, but there is about the inspection of ships, but not about the inspection of the ports themselves. Only ships entering the port are inspected. What is brought there from the earth - do not check. Attention, the question is: what prevents the Ukrainians from storing Western weapons and military equipment on the territory of the ports?
      1. dorz
        dorz 23 July 2022 16: 54
        I prefer it when Western partners have negative feedback about what is happening.
        1. isv000
          isv000 23 July 2022 17: 44
          Quote: dorz
          I prefer it when Western partners have negative feedback about what is happening.

          God is not Timoshka - he hears a little: today the UN President Guterres was screaming, stomping his foot for attacks on the Odessa port!
          1. dorz
            dorz 23 July 2022 18: 11
            A more or less reasonable explanation of the situation with grain contract:

            The Grain Deal" is essentially a package agreement between Russia, Turkey, the European Union, the United States and Ukraine (the UN does not mean much here). It cannot be assessed as a victory or defeat for any of the signatories. Everyone made concessions and received certain benefits. Someone then he won more, and someone sold cheap ...

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            1. Taimen
              Taimen 23 July 2022 20: 37
              Yes, everything is good for Geyropa. Again, they will eat and drink for free. And our commercial authorities will count the loot. And ordinary Ukrainians will chew horseradish (vegetable) in winter. the export of the zhrachka will begin, they will say we give help. Well, the deal is a whistling. Again, we caved in to our "dear partners" and no longer need to write about HPP and shout yelling, no one believes in it anymore after all sorts of miracles at the NWO. Jewish negotiations (Roma Abramovich almost the leader) from which it already carries such shit that there is nowhere else. Farewell to the political will, which was not there, but at least there was hope. But they sold that one for altyn.
    2. Maz
      Maz 23 July 2022 16: 56
      This is all fine, and with this agreement we have shut up the mouths of Westerners who were yelling about the food crisis, hunger and so on. But then the news came about the creation of the Odessa brigade and it directly says that the brigade has passed combat coordination and is preparing to liberate the Odessa and Nikolaev regions from the Ukronazis and their hangers-on. So this deal is alive until Odessa is liberated. And the goal is clearly defined. so this deal is a tactical ploy, where the gay Europeans themselves landed. Pyrrhic victory. But ours definitely did them again. Vivat Russia. The main thing is that saboteurs, pests and money-grubbers do not get us in the rear.
    3. Boson
      Boson 23 July 2022 17: 22
      Dvinsky would now quote. This is another weather vane and opportunist.
    4. AAK
      AAK 23 July 2022 21: 57
      And pay attention to the photo at the beginning of the article, Shoigu was not even seated at the front of the table, where Gutierres and the Turkish Minister of Defense are sitting, only from the end, as an assistant or secretary, shorter than a "snooty", so they indicated the place to the "strategist", thereby showing his attitude towards Russia ... well, as for Abramovich, the green fly is always the first to arrive at the smell of a known substance ...
      1. AAK
        AAK 23 July 2022 21: 58
        I'm sorry, I didn't consider Erdogan ..
  2. Evil 55
    Evil 55 23 July 2022 14: 40
    Logistics will become more complicated, the price will rise .. Not to see Geirobe, not pasta, not bread. hi
    1. Expert_Analyst_Forecaster
      Expert_Analyst_Forecaster 23 July 2022 14: 50
      Yes, Europe had no problems with bread. Moreover, it is possible to deliver by land to Europe if necessary.
      It's just a completely contrived story about hunger. Yes, part of Africa would buy more expensive grain, no more. And more expensive not because of the lack of grain from the former Ukraine, but because of the lack of Russian grain.
      So we can confidently say that this is a victory for Russian diplomacy. We will sell our grain and fertilizer, and the Americans will not get the profit they planned on selling their food.
    2. fa2998
      fa2998 23 July 2022 17: 02
      Quote: Angry 55
      ..Don't see Gayrobe not pasta, not bread.

      You must have reviewed the news from Skabeeva.
      The EU is one of the largest grain exporters. France and Germany are among the leaders. Yields are 70-75 centners per hectare. Enough of them for pasta, and it will remain! hi
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 23 July 2022 14: 44
    arms supplies for the Kyiv regime, in this case, may well become a reality.
    And so it will be.
    1. dmi.pris
      dmi.pris 23 July 2022 15: 14
      Any "agreements, deals" with these stubborn ones are completely dead. And it seems that Shoigu was set up.
  4. Ivan Ivanov
    Ivan Ivanov 23 July 2022 14: 53
    Instead of the problem of U.K.R.O. grain, it would make sense for the head of the Defense Ministry to deal with the problem of delivering Western weapons to the front line.
    1. dmi.pris
      dmi.pris 23 July 2022 15: 15
      It’s also completely incomprehensible to me where the grain is, and where is the Minister of Defense?
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 23 July 2022 14: 56
    Most of the responses from foreign publications and TV channels are positive. For example, The New York Times described the agreement as a big step towards solving the food problem that the world faced after the start of the special operation in Ukraine.
    . Oh well, they found the problem, or rather they are trying to blame everything on others!
    If you take a closer look, there will be a lot of interesting things that will come out and the arrows, on the true culprits, can be easily directed.
    Another thing is that the VOR will still squeal the loudest and point where he needs to.
  6. Dmitry Karabanov
    Dmitry Karabanov 23 July 2022 15: 41
    Most of the responses from foreign publications and TV channels are positive.
    You may not read further. The first step towards the "obscene world" so desired by our "elites"! No, Putin is by no means Stalin, Shoigu is not Zhukov. I'm afraid a repetition of 1905 will be much worse than the tragedy of the "Ipatiev House" ...
  7. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 23 July 2022 16: 08
    The New York Times emphasizes that grain from Ukrainian ports will be distributed to buyers from all over the world
    Oh is it! American capital will "save" the world from starvation when he was doing this? The grain will be sold to "who needs it" for a good price, and for those in need, as always, a fico. Maybe the US helped starving Syria, Yemen or Congo?
  8. Anyuta Glorious
    Anyuta Glorious 23 July 2022 23: 08
    I didn’t understand ... What kind of beautiful words from infinitely respected partners, which, as we have already managed to feel, are not worth a penny, we save their arrogant faces for them? And what in return? Promises??? So we will feed them, and they, as before, will hand over their weapons to the outskirts? Europe is very worried that hungry Africans and so on do not go to it. And are we again solving for free, for nothing, the problems of these crazy people who organized this world chaos with their own hands? When will Russia and its leadership think only about Russia, and not about "respected partners", huh ??? What is it called anyway?
  9. Alexey Koshkarov
    Alexey Koshkarov 24 July 2022 10: 21
    Everything is very well thought out. Ukraine will receive money from the sale, buy weapons and continue to kill people
  10. Antonina Ignatenko
    Antonina Ignatenko 24 July 2022 10: 33
    I do not really understand why anyone should be allowed into the Black Sea ports. Russia, Turkey, Ukraine agreed, so let their ships take out the grain. Because now the Ukrainians will start to smack on these ships, and blame Russia. You can't fool the Turks, they have their own intelligence in the region. In addition, they are the main beneficiary of the deal. And all sorts of random carriers are an ideal target and a media occasion.